Yang Xu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Land Surveying and Geo-Informatics (LSGI) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research lies at the intersection of geographic information science, transportation, and urban informatics. By harnessing the power of big data, Xu’s research answers important questions of individual travel behavior, collective human mobility patterns, and various aspects of urban and social dynamics. In the past couple of years, he has coauthored more than twenty publications in prestigious journals and books. He also served as the principal investigator of several projects funded by the Hong Kong Research Grant Council and National Natural Science Foundation of China. Xu earned his BSc and MSc at Wuhan University, and later his PhD at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before joining LSGI, Xu worked as a joint postdoctoral associate at the MIT Senseable City Lab and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART).
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